LG OLED C1 vs Sony A80J TV comparison 2021/10

The C1 is one of LG’s flagships. In this review, we compare the OLED TV with the Sony A80J, which is a bit more expensive and is inferior to the competition in a few areas.

Can the Sony compete with the LG and is it perhaps better in some features?

LG C1 OLED
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LG OLED C1 and Sony A80J compared – Which TV is better?

Reflections Icon
Reflections
Image quality in bright environments and dealing with reflections
74%
LG C1 OLED 55"
67%
Sony A80J 55"
Viewing Angle Icon
Viewing Angle
Picture quality when sitting at an angle to the TV - Also relevant when sitting very close in front of a large TV.
90%
LG C1 OLED 55"
89%
Sony A80J 55"
SDR Image Quality Icon
SDR Image Quality
Picture quality when viewing material in SDR, i.e. anything that is not HDR.
96%
LG C1 OLED 55"
95%
Sony A80J 55"
HDR Image Quality Icon
HDR Image Quality
Picture quality when viewing material in HDR, so everything from HDR, HDR10, HLG to HDR10+ & Dolby Vision.
83%
LG C1 OLED 55"
82%
Sony A80J 55"
Movies & Series Icon
Movies & Series
Use of the TV for movies, series & documentaries - be it as stream, BluRay or in the TV program.
88%
LG C1 OLED 55"
90%
Sony A80J 55"
Gaming Icon
Gaming
Gaming performance of the TV especially for responsive games with focus on PS5 and Xbox Series X
99%
LG C1 OLED 55"
84%
Sony A80J 55"
Sports Icon
Sports
Suitability for watching soccer, Formula 1, Olympics and more, even with several persons
83%
LG C1 OLED 55"
81%
Sony A80J 55"
Equipment Icon
Equipment
Smart TV features, connections and general equipment of the TV
90%
LG C1 OLED 55"
89%
Sony A80J 55"
LG C1 OLED 55"
Sony A80J 55"
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LG C1 OLED 2021

The undisputed number one?

OLED Panel
OLED Panel
LG C1 OLED
The LG OLED C1 is one of the top models on the TV market and shines especially in many important areas. Deep black, infinite contrast, a high viewing angle and a great gamer package leave hardly anything to be desired.
48" (121cm)
OLED48C1PUB
55" (138,8cm)
OLED55C1PUB
65" (164cm)
OLED65C1PUB
77" (195cm)
OLED77C1PUB
83" (210cm)
OLED83C1PUB

Sony A80J 2021

Natural OLED picture quality thanks to Bravia XR

OLED Panel
OLED Panel
If you want to experience real home cinema at home, the Sony A80J is a good choice. The 4K TV has a very good picture quality, conjures up great colors and is all-around top equipped.
55" (13,9cm)
XR55A80J
65" (163,9cm)
XR65A80J
77" (195cm)
XR77A80J

Detailed comparison: LG OLED C1 or Sony A80J

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Reflections Icon
Reflections Comparison

Potent in dark rooms

The OLEDs flex their muscles especially in dark rooms. Here, the A80J is even a bit brighter than the C1, which can handle reflections in bright surroundings better.

74%
Reflections
Reflections visible
No layer against reflections
Contrast
infinite :1
Max. Brightness
760 Nits
Video technologies
67%
Reflections
Reflections visible
No layer against reflections
Contrast
infinite :1
Max. Brightness
870 Nits
Video technologies
Viewing Angle Icon
Viewing Angle Comparison

C1 vs A80J: on a par

Due to the wide viewing angles of both OLED panels, especially TV evenings with several people are no problem since the picture is still displayed well from different positions.

90%
Panel type
OLED Panel
OLED Panel
Viewing Angle
very wide
OLED Viewing Angle
Reflections
Reflections visible
Reflections visible
89%
Panel type
OLED Panel
OLED Panel
Viewing Angle
very wide
OLED Viewing Angle
Reflections
Reflections visible
Reflections visible
SDR image Icon
SDR image Comparison

Hardly any difference to be seen

Both TVs deliver a very good SDR picture. The high upscaling values bring out the best possible picture quality for the normal TV experience and for old movies and series.

96%
Panel type
OLED Panel
OLED Panel
Contrast
infinite :1
Max. Brightness
760 Nits
DCI-P3
81%
Energy consumption SDR
106 kWh / 1.000 Hours
95%
Panel type
OLED Panel
OLED Panel
Contrast
infinite :1
Max. Brightness
870 Nits
DCI-P3
83%
Energy consumption SDR
106 kWh / 1.000 Hours
HDR image Icon
HDR image Comparison

Great HDR images

Both the C1 and the A80J have an infinite:1 contrast and show a brilliant picture thanks to HDR10 and Dolby Vision. In this area, the two rivals are on par. The Sony only gets minimally brighter than the LG.

83%
Panel type
OLED Panel
OLED Panel
Contrast
infinite :1
Max. Brightness
760 Nits
DCI-P3
81%
REC 2020
61%
Energy consumption HDR
171 kWh / 1.000 Hours
Video technologies
82%
Panel type
OLED Panel
OLED Panel
Contrast
infinite :1
Max. Brightness
870 Nits
DCI-P3
83%
REC 2020
64%
Energy consumption HDR
129 kWh / 1.000 Hours
Video technologies
Movies & Series Icon
Movies & Series Comparison

Real home theater experience

If you like to watch movies and series, both TVs are a good choice, because they are well equipped and shine with their great picture. However, the Sony A80J presents the pictures a bit more naturally, which makes it a tad better than the LG C1 in this respect.

88%
HDR Image Quality
SDR Image Quality
Environment & Reflections
Tuner
Analog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2
Twin Tuner
Audio
2.2 Channels with 40 Watt
Audio formats
HDMI ARC / eARC
/
90%
HDR Image Quality
SDR Image Quality
Environment & Reflections
Tuner
Analog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2
Twin Tuner
Audio
2.2 Channels with 30 Watt
Audio formats
HDMI ARC / eARC
/
Gaming Icon
Gaming performance Comparison

Everything included for gamers?

The LG C1 still has the lead in the gaming sector. With lower input lag, four HDMI 2.1 ports and VRR support, it outshines the Sony. We particularly miss VRR on the A80J, which synchronizes current consoles and PCs better to avoid tearing. You still get a good picture while gaming with the Sony due to the low motion blur.

99%
Frequency
120Hz
Response Time
ca. 0.2ms
HDMI 2.1
4x Connections
Variable Refresh Rate
Input Lag [email protected] +HDR
ca. 10ms
ca. 5ms
84%
Frequency
120Hz
Response Time
ca. 0.2ms
HDMI 2.1
2x Connections
Variable Refresh Rate
Input Lag [email protected] +HDR
ca. 17ms
ca. 9ms
Sports Icon
Sports performance Comparison

The next soccer-weekend can come

For sporting events with fast camera movements, both TVs are well equipped. With 120 Hz and an almost direct response time, soccer games or other fast sports can be followed very well.

83%
Frequency
120Hz
Response Time
ca. 0.2ms
81%
Frequency
120Hz
Response Time
ca. 0.2ms
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Equipment Comparison

Something for everyone

Both TVs are equipped with all important features and hardly leave anything out. The two different operating systems provide access to all popular apps like Netflix or Amazon Prime. In addition, the common voice assistants are integrated and all important connections are available.

90%
Operating System
webOS 6.0
Bluetooth
Twin Tuner
Integrated soundbar
Audio
2.2 Channels with 40 Watt
HDMI ARC / eARC
/
Audio formats
USB recording PVR
HDMI 2.0
HDMI 2.1
4
USB 2.0
3
USB 3.0
Ethernet RJ45
1
3.5mm jack
1
Digital optical
1
Ci+ 1.4
1
Timeshift
Apple Airplay
Apple Homekit
Assistants
Google Assistant
integriert
Amazon Alexa
integriert
Ambilight
89%
Operating System
Google TV
Bluetooth
Twin Tuner
Integrated soundbar
Audio
2.2 Channels with 30 Watt
HDMI ARC / eARC
/
Audio formats
USB recording PVR
HDMI 2.0
2
HDMI 2.1
2
USB 2.0
2
USB 3.0
1
Ethernet RJ45
1
3.5mm jack
1
Digital optical
1
Ci+ 1.4
1
Timeshift
Apple Airplay
Apple Homekit
Assistants
Google Assistant
integriert
Amazon Alexa
kompatibel
Ambilight
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Our conclusion:
A Close head-to-head race

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The LG OLED C1 and the Sony A80J impress with their great picture, good contrast and almost perfect features. The C1 is just ahead in gaming, but those who watch a lot of movies and series might prefer the A80J. However, the Sony has the disadvantage that it is a bit more expensive.

LG C1 OLED 2021
88%
LG C1 OLED
More about the LG C1 OLED
  • + Alpha9 Gen4 AI processor
  • + Four HDMI 2.1 ports
  • - Automatic Brightness Limiter (ABL)
48" (121cm)
OLED48C1PUB
55" (138,8cm)
OLED55C1PUB
65" (164cm)
OLED65C1PUB
77" (195cm)
OLED77C1PUB
83" (210cm)
OLED83C1PUB
Sony A80J 2021
85%
Sony A80J
More about the Sony A80J OLED
  • + Impressive picture quality
  • + Good viewing angle
  • - No VRR yet
  • - Slightly more expensive
55" (13,9cm)
XR55A80J
65" (163,9cm)
XR65A80J
77" (195cm)
XR77A80J
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